“I don’t care if my [expletive] falls out”
A northwest Indiana man who claims he was ‘going commando’ is facing charges after his conduct in a dental office waiting room Thursday brought a complaint from a woman.
Robert Gale, 51, of Portage, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. Thursday on two felony counts of vicarious sexual gratification, plus misdemeanor public indecency and public nudity, for his alleged actions in the waiting room at HealthLinc, 1001 Sturdy Road.
Through a translator, a 36-year-old Valparaiso woman told police she and her two children, a 4-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, were waiting for a dentist appointment when she noticed a man, later identified as Gale, trying to get her attention with a magazine. She then saw he was fondling his bare genitals and when she looked away, according to the police report, he tried to regain her attention by hitting the magazine against his leg.
The 6-year-old also reported seeing his genitals, police said.
When police arrived, Gale had been moved to an exam room but his genitals still were exposed through holes in his pants. Police said Gale initially said he knew he tore his pants but didn’t have time to change. When he later said he arrived half an hour early for his dentist appointment, Gale reportedly admitted knowing his genitals were visible to the public but denied purposefully taking them out, adding, “I’ve been going commando since I was 18 years old so I don’t care if my [expletive] falls out,” according to the arrest report.
Police said Gale also was wanted on a Lake County warrant.